10 Feb 08
Following his retirement on Saturday, Citroen’s lead driver Sebastien Loeb lies joint second in the championship standings, six points behind new leader Mikko Hirvonen.
But Citroen’s team principal Olivier Quesnel is confident his four time world champion will be back on top before too long. “Sebastien’s ‘off’ on the first day showed that nothing can ever be taken for granted in motor sport,” said Quesnel. “But I have every confidence in his ability, and that of everyone at Citroen Sport, to recover the situation very quickly."
Quesnel remained upbeat about what his team had achieved in Sweden and praised the efforts of his second driver, Dani Sordo: "This result doesn't bring us many points, but we can still take away some positives," he said. "To begin with, the Citroen C4 WRC was competitive and reliable, while Dani’s performance was a good omen for the rest of the season. Despite his limited experience here, Dani showed that he is capable of driving quickly in slippery conditions.
“I particularly appreciated the way he put his time penalty to the back of his mind and just got on with the job we expected of him. In Mexico and beyond, I hope he succeeds in putting in the same sort of display to earn even more points for Citroen,” he added.